The best vape tank is the one that floats your boat. It’s really that simple. Vaping is all about preference. Some people like massive rebuildable tanks with octa-coil builds while other people like a nice dripper that gives off unrivaled flavor. It really depends on what you’re after and what your vape pen is compatible with. If you’re looking for a vape pen tank that will assist you in getting off cigarettes, then a clearomizer would be perfect. But if you’re looking to chase clouds or flavor, you’re going to want to enter the world of rebuildables.


clearomizer-tankA clearomizer is a clear tank that uses a wicking system to deliver vape juice to the coil. The wick is usually made out of silica or cotton. These tanks come in all different sizes, but the shape is generally the same. Clearomizers are one of the best options for beginners. There’s very little maintenance that has to be done with them. As long as you don’t break the glass tube, you’ll only have to maintain the atomizer. If you do break the glass, you might as well buy a new one. They’re inexpensive and might not even have replaceable glass.

When your coil goes out, all you have to do is unscrew the old one and screw on a new one. That’s pretty much it as far as maintenance goes. With all of the other tank variations on this list, you’ll have to do a lot more maintenance.

Not all clearomizers are compatible with every vape pen. For the most part, clearomizers should be used with eGo devices. Before screwing on your clearomizer and firing your pen, double check it’s compatibility with your pen. If you have a mechanical mod, then I’m sure you are well versed in vaping safety so you don’t need my warning. And of course, you wouldn’t use one of these eGo style clearomizers on an advanced vape pen. But if you’re new to vaping and aren’t sure if your pen will work with a certain tank, double check before letting it rip. This goes for every tank, not just clearomizers.

Rebuildable Tank Atomizer (RTA)

An RTA is similar to a clearomizer, but it has one distinct difference. What makes an RTA different from a clearomizer is the rebuildable base. The rebuildable base allows you to build your own coils. This gives you a lot more diversity and customization options. You can custom tailor your vaping experience to suit your needs. You will also be able to build single coil or dual coil builds, depending on your specific RTA. Some RTAs allow you to build coils with advanced wire while others allow you to build more than two coils. There’s a ton of options when you start to build your own coils.

Some RTAs allow you to build coils with advanced wire while others allow you to build more than two coils. There’s a ton of options when you start to build your own coils. You will also be able to notice a huge difference between your standard clearomizer and an RTA. The vapor will be much better for flavor and clouds alike. If you’re looking to step up your vaping game, and RTA is a good option.

A device like the Kanger SubTank doubles as a standard tank and an RTA. It has different coil heads that can be used. One allows for you to build your own coils. If you don’t have knowledge of the tank, you probably won’t be able to tell the difference between an RTA and a tank that doesn’t allow you to build coils.

Rebuildable Dripping Atomizer (RDA)

rashomon-rdaRDAs are a lot different than tanks. Actually, they’re not tanks at all. They don’t have a reservoir that holds vape juice. All they have is a base and housing. To the untrained eye, an RDA may look like a tank that isn’t clear, but they’re far from tanks. They share one thing in common with RTAs, and that is the rebuildable aspect. With an RDA, you have to build your own coils. There are no coil heads that you can just screw on at your leisure. There is a rebuildable base that comes in many different shapes and sizes. Some have two posts, others may have three or four posts.

There are a ton of different variations, so you’ll have to experiment to see what you like. These atomizers are more for the advanced vaper. If you have a good handle on vaping, then you should consider taking the leap to using an RDA. But if you’re a beginner, these might be a little more difficult to use for you. Since there is no tank with an RDA, you have to continually drip vape juice onto your coils every few drags. That coupled with having to build and wick your own coils can be a little much for a beginner. But for the advanced vaper, the unparalleled flavor and clouds that an RDA produces can be well worth the extra maintenance.

Rebuildable Dripping Tank Atomizer (RDTA)

limitless-rdtaAn RDTA is a cross between an RDA and an RTA. They provide the convenience of having a tank reservoir but also the unrivaled quality vapor of an RDA. These tanks position the e-liquid reservoir at the base of the tank and the coil build on top of the tank. This allows your coils to be closer to the mouthpiece or drip tip. By having it close to the drip tip, the vapor will have less distance to travel before reaching your mouth. The shorter the distance, the better the flavor and clouds because the vapor has less time to dissipate.

The difference between an RDTA or an RDA and a clearomizer is huge. If you’re looking to get the most flavor out of your e-juice, you definitely want to get an RDA or RDTA. If you’re chasing clouds, an RDA or RDTA will also be a great option. However, there are some clearomizers that do a good job with clouds, like the SMOK TFV8 Cloud Beast. It actually doubles as an RTA but the prebuilt coils are good for clouds. Generally, RDAs and RDTAs will produce the best clouds and flavor, then RTAs, then clearomizers.

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